Mother Carey's chickens


Mother Carey's chickens
   This is a nickname among late 18th-century sailors for storm petrels, or for snowflakes. Mother Carey is never mentioned in any other connection; she was probably imagined as a crone who controlled bad weather. There is no evidence for the fanciful idea that the name is a corruption of Mater Cara, 'Dear Mother', supposedly a title of the Virgin Mary.

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